A date for your diary!
Free entrance. Pay what you decide donation. From 3-5 pm there will be a pop-up choir session for anyone who would like to learn the songs (with the option but no obligation to sing along at the concert!)
Dr Sam Slatcher, founder of Stories of Sanctuary, grew up in Chandler’s Ford. You can read about his recent interview in the Church Times about his passion and this sanctury project.
Stories of Sanctuary is a performance of original songs, with poignant and hopeful messages of seeking sanctuary from war and building community together in the North East of England.
Stories of Sanctuary is made up of the Sanctuary Seekers Choir, featuring the National Syrian Orchestra’s Raghad Haddad along with the project’s curator and singer-songwriter Sam Slatcher.
The project was rated 9/10 at its sold-out premiere at Durham Cathedral in October 2018 and the choir performed an exclusive set in the Houses of Parliament with partner organisation City of Sanctuary in November 2018.
In the interview, Sam said the concept of sanctuary and the project is rooted in the story of Durham — a city founded by a community of monks fleeing the Vikings — and what sanctuary means for those who have fled war today.
“The project became much bigger than I ever expected, attracting local artists, refugees who were passionate about storytelling, and a Syrian poet from Homs, who offered her ideas and lyrics. By the end, we’d created a choir and a whole album of songs and a production which we’re touring around the county.”
Stories of Sanctuary – An Introduction from Nick Whitworth on Vimeo.
Buy digital album and listen to sanctuary songs: Stories of Sanctuary – Sam Slatcher and the Sanctuary Seekers.
Facebook page: Stories of Sanctuary
A beautiful and powerful song – So May We Find Peace
A preview of the song So May We Find Peace, on the album Stories of Sanctuary.
Credit: Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church